So, what now for Maryland?
Its starting quarterback, C.J. Brown, is done for the season with a torn right knee ligament.
And, curiously enough, it comes a little more than a week after everyone wondered about the injury risk with Brown.
From that item:
[Brown] started a handful of games last year and holds the school’s single-season quarterback rushing record. He also completed less than 50 percent of his passes as a redshirt sophomore. There’s room for improvement.
But there’s little argument he is one of the Terps’ most valuable players. Some of that is because he is the starting quarterback. Some of it stems from the absence of established options behind him.
The options behind him are indeed not established. Freshmen Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe are the only scholarship quarterbacks available. Devin Burns, a QB-turned-wideout, will give quarterback a go again.
None of the three has taken a college snap from under center.
And there’s no telling if and when the pecking order of Hills-Rowe-Burns will change, and Edsall didn’t specify a date by which he wanted a quarterback firmly named for the Sept. 1 opener.
“I would like to have that,” Edsall said. “Perry’s No. 1, Caleb’s No. 2 and Devin is No. 3. Right now, that’s how they are. Unless something changes, that’s probably how we’ll go.”
Of course, things change quite a bit. And with Hills and Rowe still going through the ups and downs of their first camp, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see more variable performances from them now rather than later in their careers.
In any case, Edsall doesn’t plan to scale down the Terps’ offense as a result of Brown’s absence.
“Those guys have been doing the exactly same things for the 11 practices that C.J.’s been doing,” Edsall said. “We have not altered anything even though those guys were working with the twos and the threes. They have the same menu, the same plays C.J. was taking from. The style of offense we’re running, C.J., Perry and Caleb all fit into what we want them to do. That transition is not one I’m really concerned about.”
—- Patrick Stevens